DEWSBURY entrepreneurs Liz and Alan Colleran have helped two firefighters complete the toughest challenge of their lives.
The husband and wife team, who run Raskelf Memory Foam in Staincliffe, provided custommade Duvalay mattresses to charity rowers John Haskell and Jamie Windsor for a transAtlantic trip which saw the duo face some of the ocean’s worst weather conditions for 15 years.
With the help of Liz and Alan’s special mattress, John and Jamie were able to snatch a restful few hours’ sleep as they rowed.
Liz said: “When I was asked to help John and Jamie on their Atlantic Dash, it really captured my attention.
“It gave us an opportunity to support a great cause and prove our products could stand up to even the most extreme conditions.”
The madetomeasure mattress had to be no more than 5cm thick to fit in the boat and was fitted with a water resistant fabric cover.
The memory foam counteracted the pitching and rolling of the boat and gave them extra comfort while they slept.
Liz said: “The products we provided really stood up to the challenge, proving that Duvalay products provide a comfortable sleep in even the most uncomfortable conditions.”
After completing the challenge, John Haskell said: “The cabin of the boat was small and a bit like a coffin, so only one of us could sleep in there at a time.
“The Duvalay mattress gave us some much needed home comforts and meant that when you crawled into bed, you sank into the mattress and went straight to sleep. It was heaven.
“We can’t praise the products enough for their comfort and durability.”
The Atlantic Dash helped John and Jamie raise £23,000 for The Firefighters’ Charity, Help for Heroes, WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) and Breast Cancer Care.
The Duvalay range is popular with caravanners, holidaymakers, truckers and boat enthusiasts.
The range shot to fame last year after its appearance on BBC2 show Dragons’ Den, where Liz and Alan secured an £80,000 investment for their innovative memory foam sleeping bag from serial entrepreneur Hilary Devey.